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Saturday, November 20, 2010

What a Difference a Day Makes

It was only yesterday when...
I in the wonder of a small child,
Expected and needed all from you,
My world lost between free and wild,
Hoping for the safe haven provided too...

Yet today, another story then,
Awed by the wonders of the world,
Not needing anyone to provide for me,
All night spent dancing... by another twirled,
The sunrise coming so I'm going out to the sea...

It was only yesterday when...
I toiled the day, working hard for you,
Top in my field, marking my way in time,
Awards and ribbons given, and salaries too,
My world moving well, it was becoming sublime...

Yet today, another story then...
Times have changed, things are tough,
The Recession hit, jobs lost, money's low,
The rent is due, the work is none, sure is rough,
What of the world is left, what do we have to show?..

It was only yesterday when...
Unemployed people, parents too,
Struggling to feed and shelter the kids,
'They' say the Recession has ended, overdue,
But it doesn't seem better to me, jobs still up for bids...

Yet today, another story then...
Yesterday we met, interviewed too,
You liked my history and experience thru,
Hired me on the spot, my world turned by you,
Today I start my new job, dedicated, loyal and true...

It was only yesterday when...
I was hungry, four days not a meal,
The rent was paid, but lights out and cold,
Holidays coming, no gifts for the kids, my deal,
Just a little bit longer, hang on, be strong, this I was told...

Yet today, another story then...
As I talked, my troubles I did tell,
You listened, then disappeared tonight,
A few friends spoken to, and together well,
You brought to my door, food, gifts, and a little light...

For in this world of yesterdays...
All was difficult, something needed, this is true,
The world of todays, people offered, made the breaks,
By offering the hand, the job, the lesson, and friendship too,
For when peerless to help others, What a Difference a Day Makes...


Petrina Lesko
November 2010


Yet another post inspired by some of the many wonderful prompts found here in Blogland.  This one was inspired by Sunday Scribblings and this weeks prompt of What a Difference a Day Makes, as well as by the Writer's Island prompt of Peerless, prompt #30 for 2010.  You can visit either of these sites by clicking on their titles if you would like to read other responses by other writers.

25 comments:

faith said...

Really powerful take on this - what a difference friendship makes! :)

The Little Writer That Could said...

I, too, have had my entire day (even life?) changed by the kindness of others... What a timely message for this holiday season. :)

kaykuala said...

Petrina Ma'am,
A moving take that many experienced. Went through similar episodes. Never discount friendships as a powerful help factor. Admire very much your strong 'observation' talents as revealed here.

Jingle Poetry said...

brilliant!

vivinfrance said...

I like the way you've worked the prompt to produce in really interesting poem.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

anthonynorth said...

Excellently done.

jaerose said...

What a telling poem - the last verse was particularly strong - it certainly is a 'world of yesterdays'..beautifully told..Jae

Susannah said...

You took the reders on a journey with your words. Nice writing!

izzy said...

I really like this! the first three verses flow
really well, a true song- and then the voice changes somehow, sharper- more analytical ?
Did you mean for that to happen ? almost like you stepped back and took a more removed look at it all. Thanks for sharing !

Gigi Ann said...

Wonderful poem. So meaningful in the times we are experiencing.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and I left the answer to your question there.

Reflections said...

Thank you all for taking the time and experiencing with me for just moments.

@Izzy... actually yes, I did intend for a sharper tone in the viewpoint, as though the stories of the Recession are personal, they are also total in their kind, yet more distant as the cause.

annell said...

I enjoyed your post. And thanks for your visit, and your comment.

oldegg said...

How apt your poem is for these difficult times. This is a great nudge for those that have to assist whenever they can even in the smallest way. It certainly makes a difference. A telling and meaningful poem of hope.

Jingle said...

this is super divine piece,
did you make the shapes on purpose?
love the richness in your word texture and implications...

keep it up.
Happy Sunday!

C.M. Jackson said...

well done ---generations are being affected by this recession--kindness and the willingness to help is paramount for all of us to get through..c

Anonymous said...

Very well put. You are very articulate in your pose. Congratulation on to be able to write about the negatives of today.

Peggy Goetz said...

Definitely a poem of our times. Well done.

Carina said...

Very good, and a kind reminder to all of us for the holiday season.

Ceebie said...

I particularly liked the last stanza as well - "this world of yesterdays..." is too true. So often we live in the past (or the future) instead of living in the now. And a great reflection on the power of friendship.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope to see you there again.

Michelle said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really like this poem. There are several good lines but like Ceebie, I especially like "this world of yesterdays".

dan roberson said...

What a difference one day makes. I have to remember to be thankful for today and use my yesterdays for writing poetry. Blessings I have now or about to receive give me hope for the future. Your poem is beautiful and timely.

Linda May said...

Good writing. I enjoyed your story/poem.

SuziCate said...

I like the way you've taken us through time and the power of friendship, brilliantly written.

nimaruichi said...

Heartwarming!

Heliotropism said...

This is an excellent use of the prompt! The story has truth and power!